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Orlando Pirates fans overlook Gabadinho Mhango

By Ronald Mpaso:

Gabadinho Mhango

Malawi national football team striker, Gabadinho Mhango, will not be in the starting line-up for his South African Premier Soccer League side Orlando Pirates during tomorrow’s Carling Black Label Cup match against archrivals Kaizer Chiefs.

Mhango is one of Pirates’ new signings but, despite scoring a brace in the team’s 2-1 beating of newly promoted Stellenbosch, supporters have not voted for him to appear in the starting line-up.

The cup competition is a warm-up event for the new season with supporters being given powers to vote for players they want to see in the first 11.

Pirates fans have instead opted for Zambian goal poachers Augustine Mulenga and Justin Shonga to partner upfront.

According to kickoff. com, the Soweto giants meet for the eighth time in the cup since it started in 2011, with Kaizer Chiefs looking to draw level with rivals Orlando Pirates who have won the pre-season game on four previous occasions.

“Last year there was no Black Label Cup due to the Fifa World Cup, but it is back and supporters have been voting to see their favourite players in the starting line-up. Both clubs lost the goalkeepers who were certain to start, having received many votes. Itumeleng Khune was ruled out for Amakhosi, while Brilliant Khuzwayo was withdrawn this week,” reads a report on the website.

Pirates beat Chiefs to Mhango’s signature and agreed a three-year deal with the former Bidvest Wits star.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Mhango said he wanted to repay Pirates with good displays in the new season.

“As they say, time is the author of change and it is time for a new challenge that will allow me to embark on a new journey to fulfil even more colourful dreams. I am excited and I pray for everyone who has been my pillar of support shall continue being so as I dawn into a new season of life,” he said.

Mhango caught the attention of several South African clubs after finishing as a joint top scorer at this year’s Cosafa Cup with three goals.

Starting line-ups:

Chiefs—Bruce Bvuma, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Daniel Cardoso, Mulomowandau Mathoho, Lorenzo Gordinho, George Maluleka, Siphelele Ntshangase, Dumisani Zuma, Khama Billiat, Bernard Parker, Lazarous Kambole

Pirates—Wayne Sandilands, Mthokozisi Dube, Happy Jele, Justice Chabalala, Innocent Maela, Thembinkosi Lorch, Vincent Pule, Ben Motshwari, Luvuyo Memela, Augustine Mulenga, Justin Shonga.

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